SB 5215 creates the WA Internet Crimes Against Children account in the state treasury. Additionally, an assessment of 3.00 is required for any person found guilty in any district or superior court of having committed a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony. The assessment is in addition to any other penalty or fine, may not be waived, and does not apply to motor vehicle crimes defined in statute. The clerk of the court shall pay the assessment to the county treasurer, who, on a monthly basis, transmits the money into the account. Funds in the account must be used exclusively by the WA internet crimes against children task force and its affiliate agencies for combating internet-facilitated crimes against children, promoting education on internet safety to the public and to minors, and rescuing child victims from abuser and exploitation. Only the director of the WA Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs or the director’s designee may authorize expenditures from the account.
SB 5215 was signed into law on April 24th and went into effect on July 24, 2015.